Thunder and Rattlers Get Byes to ACAC Women’s Soccer Semi-Final
by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips
10/23/2012...Edmonton, Alberta - Thanks to their regular season performances, the Concordia Thunder and Medicine Hat Rattlers advance to the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference semi-finals where they wait for the winners of the quarterfinals which kickoff this Friday, October, 26 2012 at the Jasper Place Bowl in Edmonton.
Here are some quick thumb nail previews and predictions of the quarter finals.
Friday, October 26, 2012 Game 1: 12 p.m.
SAIT Trojans 5 wins-3 losses 2 tie 19 goals for 13 goals against Head Coach Grant Stevens
NAIT Ooks 8 wins 1 loss 1 tie 41 goals for 7 goals against Head Coach Carol Holt
The No. 2 ranked team in the CCAA in an ACAC quarter finals?
Well, according to the last national rankings, posted October 16, the NAIT Ooks from Edmonton were just that with the Concordia Thunder, who has advanced with a bye to the ACAC semi-final, ranked No. 4 moving up from a No. 6 from the previous ranking.
For the SAIT Trojans to win, they must stop the magical feet of forward Leanne Kadatz who in 10 games this year had 19 goals. Last year in it was 20 goals and in 2010 she topped that with 22 goals. The year 2009 was just a warm-up with 13 goals in nine games.
True Kadatz, a 5-foot-7 striker enrolled in Continuing Education, tends to rack up her goal totals against the weaker ACAC teams – 9 goals in 2012 and 11 goals in 2010 against the host Keyano Huskies – but she is still dangerous with the ball and with extra demanded coverage can find an open teammate.
SAIT main attackers are Amoy Hudson and Cassandra Bush who have six and four goals respectively.
SAIT has used four different net minders this season while the Ooks have gone with two Charlotte Lendzion playing seven games while allowing only four goals.
"We know we have to bring our 'A' game, obviously, but we're just focusing on us, and not on the other team," says Trojans midfielder-turned-goalkeeper Katie Morrison (2nd year, Calgary, business administration) with quotes from the SAIT Trojan website.
NAIT want to make it back to the ACAC finals and hopefully to revenge an October 20, 2-1 home loss to the Concordia Thunder.
Ooks are also defending ACAC champions and want to return to the CCAA national championships where during the last two years they have won silver losing out to Collège François-Xavier-Garneau (RSEQ) both times.
In the Battle of the Big Cities, we will have to go with Edmonton’s NAIT Ooks.
Winner heads to play CCAA No. 11 ranked Medicine Hat Rattlers (8-0-2), Saturday 27 at 12:00 p.m.
Friday, October 26, 2012 Game 2: 2:20 p.m.
Grant MacEwan Griffins 5 wins 5 losses 19 goals for 20 goals against Head Coach Ernie Cavaliere
Red Deer College Queens 7 wins 3 ties 39 goals for 4 goals against Head Coach David Colley
Strange how the sport of soccer works, in that the only other team in ACAC women’s soccer aside from the Medicine Hat Rattlers, to have no losses, is the Red Deer Queens with seven wins and three ties and yet they are playing in a quarter-final?
Paula Dadensky led the Queens offence with 11 goals and was top scorer in the south division.
Queens’s goalie Jesse Stewart had an impressive season while allowing only four goals in 10 games!
Amy Byrne and Maryse Beauregard lead the Griffins attack. Griffins split their goalies with Taylor Sarafinchan and Faye Taylor getting equal time.
Despite home field advantage Queens will crown Griffins to advance to play the CCAA No. 4 ranked Concordia Thunder (8-1-1) Saturday 27 at 2:20 p.m.
Griffins have won the ACAC women's banner three times - 2008, 2005 and 1997. SAIT have never won.
Grant MacEwan University Griffins are also proud to announce 2012 Summer Olympic Games women’s soccer bronze medalist Erin McLeod (goalie) as their guest speaker for the ACAC women’s soccer championship awards banquet.
|SAIT vs. NAIT||12:00 PM||Game 1 - JP Bowl|
|GMU vs. RDC||2:20 PM||Game 2 - JP Bowl|
|Winner game 1 vs. MHC||12:00 PM||Game 3 - JP Bowl|
|Winner game 2 vs. Concordia||2:20 PM||Game 4 - JP Bowl|
|Loser game 3 vs. Loser game 4||12:00 PM||Bronze medal game - JP Bowl|
|Winner game 3 vs. Winner game 4||2:20 PM||Gold medal game - JP Bowl|